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    • Just wondered how many photographers see any true benefit of allowing free test drives of your images. I know there are 1000's of discussions regarding this but within Cake was curious to see what people think. With Smugmug acquiring Flikr, I still do not really like the T&C's that Instagram and Flikr have. As I manage a couple handful of Facebook business pages for clients, I see a voluminous distribution of commercial blog posts where the poster is using "free" Flikr images with a generic credit byline but those pages are getting paid by click-throughs.

      I did build a small portfolio on Unsplash just to see what sort of random things would happen.

      I have only had two semi-legit inquires but none were a commercial exchange. And, the images I posted in the portfolio are not really all that exceptional....which shows that billions of people like images, want to download images and probably will never pay for them. So, does having a small showcase benefit or is it really just an exercise of once again devaluing the ability of a income-seeking photographer to build a business?

      I am a registered stock photo with Getty for a series of Sarah Palin images, but their net pay is absolute crap.

    • Chris MacAskill

      Honestly, I can't understand how Unsplash stays alive and just got $7.25 million in funding. But I can understand why it's so popular because they are pretty good images for free with no restrictions on rights.

      If you just love seeing your images being used somewhere, it's cool. You might see your images on product packaging and think "Wow! I'm a published photographer." And the thing is, photography has become so popular as a passion thing, that's the only payment a lot of people seek.

      According to Techcrunch:

      the company says it’s had more than 48 billion photo views and 310 million photo downloads since launching in 2013, and it’s currently seeing 10 photo downloads per second.

      The new investors say they'll figure out a model with crypto and blockchain but I don't know what that means.

      To answer your question, I think most buyers are looking for a specific kind of image and they don't care who the photographer is or even know. So giving away images for brand awareness doesn't make sense to me.

    • "To answer your question, I think most buyers are looking for a specific
      kind of image and they don't care who the photographer is or even know.
      So giving away images for brand awareness doesn't make sense to me."

      Thanks Chris for the succinct clarity. I think that is the bottom line. I will just mostly keep licensing my images to my clients on my campaigns and keep everything else in the vault.

      https://youtu.be/_COssGgD1aY

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